Even if you don’t have a strip of land to garden on, you can garden using containers as window boxes or planters in doorways or on decks. Wooden planters are both decorative and easy to assemble in any size that you might need. You can create a wooden planter using scrap wood leftover from landscaping projects–such as landscaping timbers and sleepers, or even scrap plywood. All you need are a few basic woodworking skills.
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Things you need
- Tape measure
- Carpenter’s pencil
- T square
- Pressure treated ¾-inch plywood
- Galvanised nails
- Texture paint
- Potting soil
Measure your windowsill or other available space to calculate the size of container that you need to build. The container should be slightly smaller than the space it needs to fit into. For example, if you want to build a planter for a windowsill that is 2 feet wide by 1 foot deep, you should build a container that is 22 inches wide by 10 inches deep.
Measure and mark the sides and bottom of your containers on a sheet of ¾-inch plywood using a carpenter’s pencil and T square. For a window container that is 22 inches wide by 10 inches deep and 24 inches tall, you would mark a rectangle for the bottom of your container that is 22 inches wide by 10 inches deep. Then you would mark two rectangles for the front and back that are 22 inches wide by 23 1/4 inches tall. Lastly, mark two squares for the ends of the container that are 8 ½ inches deep by 23 ¼ inches tall.
Label the bottom piece “A.” Label the front and back pieces “B” and “C.” Label the two end pieces “D” and “E.” Cut out all pieces with a jigsaw.
Align the D piece at a right angle to the B piece of plywood so that the end of D is flush with the inside end of B. The two pieces will form the corner of a long rectangular box. Nail the two pieces together.
Nail the C piece at its end to the D piece. Slip the E piece in between parts B and C at their other end to close the box. Nail the two pieces together at their ends.
Place part A over the top of the box. Nail part A to the other box parts.
Drill a drainage hole into the centre of part A.
Flip the planter over and sand all rough edges. Paint the box any colour you desire. The paint will help waterproof the planter. You can use a texturising paint to help hide the texture of the particle board. Caulk the cracks inside the box to help prevent leaks along the seams.
Fill the box with potting soil. Insert plants into the soil. Place the box into a windowsill.
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